A Job Well Done, and a Bereavement

Just updating anyone who is interested in the effectiveness of the new gutter system we had installed the other day – IT WORKED!

Last night we had massive storms moving across New England, Connecticut getting the brunt of them and then over into southern Massachusetts. Some up in the Manchester, NH, area were wild, as well. Heard that “hundreds of trees” were blown down in the Glastonbury, CT, area. The local weatherman we watch, Matt Noyes on NECN, was going like a wild man giving everyone the up-to-the-second weather information, telling people who live on this street or that street to run for cover because the worst of the weather was right over their heads NOW! It was quite a show he put on. Well, this massive storm system dumped a ton of rain on all of us here in New England. I can’t say we suffered here on The Hill from it because there really wasn’t much wind in our area, but wow, did it EVER RAIN! In torrents.

And when I came into the living room in the wildest rain of all, there was no water cascading down the living room windows…none at all. The gutters stood the test. All around the house, they were champions.

We’ll see down the road, as fall moves through this tree-saturated neighborhood, how well they do in staying unclogged from the leaves and debris that regularly befall us. I love our trees but they can be rather a mess when they decide to shed their leave and acorns. At least this year Paul won’t have to get up on those wobbly ladders to scoop out the gutters – or get up on the dormer roof, which is quite high off the ground in the back, and go to the edge to clean out the rear gutters. We’ll see what winter brings as regards snow and ice. Fingers will be crossed the whole way through the seasons until spring rolls around again.

There was some sort of a Marine Festival over in Marblehead today. Paul was asked to sell his lobters from 10:30 to 5:00 today rather than his usual 2-5 hours as there would be lots of people milling around and, hopefully, some of them would hanker after a nice, cheap, lobster dinner tonight.

We were so pleased, also, about the work the two guys did installing the gutters the other day that Paul had about 12 lobsters that he needed to get rid of (they were weak and we didn’t want to waste them) so he gave 6 each to Will and to Julio, the gutter guys, the day after they had finished the job.

OK, I’m currently having a long sneezing fit here so I need to go.

And In Memorory of Stella…

But before I do, I wanted to say how sorry we were to hear that our neighbor’s darling dog, Stella, passed away last night while snuggled up on the sofa with her. She hadn’t even realized she’d gone until she went to wake her up. It was very sudden and not quite expected although Stella had had her medical problems but seemed to be improving lately. You are in our prayers Peggy. God bless little Stella now up in doggie heaven.



“It’s in every one of us, to be wise.

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know everything, without ever knowing why…

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.”

~ John Denver, “A Christmas Wish” ~

“What we ardently love, we learn to imitate.”

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

~ R. Waldo Emerson ~

“Every hour you spend fishing adds an hour to your life.”

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6 Responses to A Job Well Done, and a Bereavement

  1. mz. em says:

    High five for the gutter covers. I remember rain storms in Maine. That was one fall job everyone hated. I’m glad to read you made it through the storm. Sorry to read about Stella. My condolences to Peggy.


  2. ~ Sil in Corea says:

    Wow! Sounds like a real gullywasher! Glad to hear your new gutters are excellent. 🙂 I’d say Will and Julio earned their lobsters!
    Losing a companion animal is hard, indeed. My heart goes out to Peggy.


  3. t.s. says:

    We’re so parched for rain out west that the term “rain gutters” sounds like an anachronism.


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    I’m sure the loss of Stella is hard on Peggy, but what a lovely way for a pup to go: warm, dry, snuggling and snoozing with a loved one…


  5. Bex says:

    Anna, if you have it over there in England, we probably have at least one if not more of them here in the US. We are pretty much copy cats when it comes to naming our towns and cities. At least the older ones.

    Well, that’s not really totally true. You have many many more funny town names than we have. One of our biggest joys when visiting England is noticing the town names on the signs posted around the country. Some of them are pips! We have a lot more American Indian names here than you would have, of course, and more Spanish/Latino names also. But the old town names of England did get brought over with the Pilgrims, that’s for sure.


  6. Anna says:

    Amazed to discover there’s a Glastonbury in the US! Off to have a peep at it on Google earth. xx


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